The Actors

Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter 001 "Joel and Ethan had just finished the script of Raising Arizona (1987), and they asked me to read it and said that they`d written this part for me and would I be interested in doing it? So that was the beginning of my feature film career. "- Holly Hunter on Raising Arizona

Blood Simple - Voice on Answering machine Raising Arizona - Edwina 'Ed' McDunnough O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Penny

Frances McDormand

Frances Mcdormand 001 "The fact that I'm sleeping with the director may have something to do with it." - Frances McDormand on the set of Fargo

Blood Simple - Abby, Raising Arizona - Dot, Miller's Crossing - Mayor's Secretary, Fargo - Marge Gunderson, The Man Who Wasn't There - Doris Crane Burn After Reading - Linda Litzke

Jon Polito

Jon Polito 001 "I saw Blood Simple and Raising Arizona and I was in love. I read the script in August, and I said 'I only want to play Johnny Caspar.' They weren't looking for anybody my age -- I'm 38, and it's written for a 55-year-old man. They wanted me to read for all the other gangster characters, but I said no." - Jon Polito on getting the Johnny Caspar role

Miller's Crossing - Johnny Caspar, Barton Fink - Lou Breeze, The Hudsucker Proxy - Mr. Bumstead, The Big Lebowski - DaFino, The Man Who Wasn't There - Creighton Tolliver

Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi 001 "My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don't know what that means, but it sounds like a dig." - Steve Buscemi

Miller's Crossing - Mink, Barton Fink - Chet, The Hudsucker Proxy - Beatnik Barman, Fargo - Carl Showalter, The Big Lebowski - Donny

John Goodman

John Goodman 001 "I flew into New York for the Raising Arizona audition, and we just started joking around. I started going through their résumé pile, looking at actors, and just kinda made myself at home in my obnoxious way. I think they cast me because I had a baby face and that was a motif of the film." - John Goodman on how he met and started his relationship with the Coen Bros.

Raising Arizona - Gale, Barton Fink - Charlie Meadows, The Hudsucker Proxy - Rockwell Newsreel Announcer, The Big Lebowski - Walter Sobchack, O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Big Dan Teague

John Turturro

John Turturro 001 "I mean usually with movies, if you're dark, you're a bad guy. That's it. I turned down a million bad guy things." - John Turturro

Miller's Crossing - Bernie Bernbaum, Barton Fink - Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski - Jesus Quintana, O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Pete Hogwallop

George Clooney

George Clooney 001 "I doubt anybody gets taken seriously for very long. I'll be on some reality show in about six years going, Hey, I had a great year in 2006." - George Clooney

O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Ulysses Everett McGill, Intolerable Cruelty - Miles Massey Burn After Reading - Harry Pfarrer

Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton 001 "It's not that I don't understand it. But people think if you speak with an English accent it somehow makes you smarter." - Billy Bob Thornton

The Man Who Wasn't There - Ed Crane, Intolerable Cruelty - Howard D Doyle

John Mahoney

John Mahoney 001 "John Mahoney really does resemble Faulkner, physically. Although, the character in Barton Fink, obviously-outside of the physical resemblence and the fact that he's an alcoholic-he really doesn't resemble Faulkner very much in any other respect." - Joel Coen on John in Barton Fink

Barton Fink - W.P. Mayhew The Hudsucker Proxy - Chief

Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare 001 "They have an obsession with pancakes. It`s a Midwestern thing, I guess. I had never had pancakes. I grew up in Sweden, and I`m not a big fan of pancakes." - Peter StStormare on Fargo

Fargo - Gaear Grimsrud The Big Lebowski - Uli Kunkel

J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons 001 "No, no. God no. Burn the body. Get rid of it." - J.K. Simmons as CIA Superior in Burn After Reading

The Lady Killers - Garth Pancake Burn After Reading - CIA Superior